Life expectancy in Germany was reduced by six months – due to covid | News from Germany about Germany | DW

Due to high mortality during the various waves of the COVID-19 pandemic average life expectancy of children born in Germany in 2021 has dropped markedly. So, according to experts, a girl who was born at this time can live on average up to 83.2 years, that is, compared with the period preceding the pandemic, this indicator has decreased by 0.4 years. A boy born in 2021 can live to an average of 78.2 years – 0.6 years less than before the pandemic. Such data were published by the Federal Statistical Office on Tuesday, July 26, in Wiesbaden.

In the east of the country, the indicators are worse

In the eastern part of Germany, which was particularly affected by COVID-19 pandemicsSince its second wave, the decline in life expectancy has become particularly noticeable. From pre-pandemic 2019 to 2021, life expectancy for boys there decreased by 1.3 years and for girls by 0.9 years.

Thus life expectancy at birth is 76.4 years for East German boys and 82.7 years for East German girls. In western Germany, by contrast, life expectancy has fallen for boys by just 0.4 years to 78.6 years, two years more than in the east. For West German girls, it has decreased by 0.3 years and averages 83.3 years.

COVID-19 and mortality in Germany

According to the Federal Statistical Office, COVID-19 pandemic also led to a significant increase in mortality. Before the pandemic, the number of deaths in Germany increased by an average of 1-2 percent per year due to aging society, and in 2020 the number of deaths increased by 5 percent. If we compare 2019 and 2021, the number of deaths increased even by 9 percent.

However, the number of “additional” deaths – about 70,000 to 100,000 in 2020 and 2021 – fell short of the nearly 115,000 covid deaths reported by the Robert Koch Institute. According to the Federal Statistical Office, this may be due to the fact that as a result of preventive measures and changes in people’s behavior, the number of deaths from other infectious diseases, such as influenza, has decreased.

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